Design Review Board

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Design Review Board


The Design Review Board (DRB) is an independent agency of Reston Association responsible for reviewing exterior alterations/improvements of properties within Reston Association.


  • Interpret, administer and render decisions involving the Design Covenants in the Reston Deed of Dedication
  • Propose amendments to the Design Guidelines to the Board of Directors
  • Developing administrative and application procedures
  • Review and render decisions on applications for improvements and alterations to property
  • Consider and decide appeals from applicants and affected parties
  • Consider requests for temporary exception permits


The DRB is composed of nine Reston Association members who serve for three-year terms. Six of the members must be professionals in the area of design (architects, landscape architects or planners), while no professional requirements are needed for the other three members. Appointments are made by the RA Board of Directors.

Individuals who seek appointment to the DRB should have a general interest in the design concepts on which the community was established and be motivated by a desire to serve fellow Members of the community. Experience in conducting public meetings and working with people is helpful in this role.


DRB Members

John Kauppila, Chair, Land Planner Member

Bruce Ramo, Lay Member

Graham Farbrother, Vice Chair, Architect Member

Richard Newlon, Vice Chair, Architect Member

W. Neal Roseberry, Vice Chair, Architect Member

Nick Georgas, Landscape Architect Member

Grace Peters, Land Planner and Landscape Architect Member

Vacant, Lay Member

Ken Knueven, Lay Member

Michael Sanio, RA Board Liaison

Julie Bitzer, RA Board Liaison


The DRB meets on the first, second and fourth Tuesday evening of each month in groups of three (panels), and as the Full DRB once a month on the third Tuesday evening. All meetings take place at 7 p.m. in the conference center at Reston Association headquarters, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, Va.


Design Review Resources

Contact the DRB

General Information